School Bond Vote in Fairfax; Tuesday Concerning Renovations to Bellows Free Academy

Residents will vote on a 16 million dollar bond, to renovate BFA

Fairfax, Vt. - Residents of Fairfax will head to the polls on Tuesday to vote on a 16 million dollar bond, for renovations on Bellows Free Academy Middle and High School.

"The high school hasn't been updated in over 30-35 years," said John Tague. Tague is the principal of the high school.

Tague explains, there hasn't bee a major investment in the last two decades. Since the elementary school was built. He says, the 16 million dollar bond would take the school into the next twenty five years. 

"That includes some new construction of spaces for students, it upgrades our safety and security in the building, upgrades our science labs and does some things we need to do in terms of handicap accessibility for the school," said Tague.

The bond would also cover the reconfiguration of the main entrance to the school. Construction a new gym for the middle school, and an auditorium. 

The looming cost have many in the community uneasy, including James Naylor. 

"As a Fairfax resident, I am completely against the bond vote," said Naylor. He sees the bond as an added financial burden on the tax payers. "I mean, there might be one percent that can afford that can afford that extra couple hundred bucks but, the vast majority of Fairfax residents can't afford that."

While he agrees certain upgrades are needed, some of the proposed projects are just unnecessary. "A new cafeteria with a courtyard and patio. I mean come on, are kids don't need a court yard to eat outside," said Naylor.

The polls open at 7am at the BFA Middle School Gym (old gym) until 7pm.







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